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Seal Announces Album of Timeless Classics

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Seal Announces Album of Timeless Classics

 Seal Standards - album cover

New Album, Standards, to be Released November 10

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14 September 2017 (Toronto, ON) – British soul legend Seal combines his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz and swing classics ever written on his new album, Standards. Seal’s tenth studio album in his 30-year career breathes life into iconic hits by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. Standards will be released on November 10 through Decca Records/Virgin EMI/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

“This is the album I have always wanted to make,” Seal says. “I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream. It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

Seal’s new album brings the glamour of old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records recorded a decade ago which sold over five million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals, bring to life classics made popular by Nina Simone (“I Put A Spell on You”), Ella Fitzgerald (“I’m Beginning to See The Light”) and Frank Sinatra (“Luck Be A Lady”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “It Was A Very Good Year”). Lush orchestral moments soar on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” and the Cole Porter gem, “Love For Sale”.

The making of Standards became a real pilgrimage for the Grammy Award-winning artist. The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Studios in Los Angeles (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others created some of the most treasured music of our time), and United Studios (where Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles recorded).

The unmistakable richness of Standards is largely due to Seal’s choice to collaborate with the very same legendary musicians who have performed alongside Frank Sinatra: Randy Waldman (pianist who toured with Sinatra and Paul Anka), Chuck Berghofer (bass player, who had also performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer who has worked with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder). The sound is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, legendary engineer Don Murray, and Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye, and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums.

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.

Seal Standards - credit Jan Welters


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Seal - Standard

  1. Luck Be A Lady
  2. Autumn Leaves
  3. I Put A Spell on You
  4. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  5. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  6. Love For Sale
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  9. Smile
  10. I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  11. It Was A Very Good Year
  12. The Nearness of You*
  13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow*
  14. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)*


*Deluxe Edition only